Sunday, August 28, 2011

News 8.28.2011

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News Sunday, August 28th, 2011

By: Christian Falvey

* The Czech Republic plans to vote against the admission of Palestine
as a UN member state, according to an Israeli newspaper.

* Chief of Police Petr Lessy says he expects a large number of
policemen to quit the force by the end of the year, leaving it short
staffed.

* The Rumburk area of Northern Bohemia has been calm since Friday's
demonstrations, despite threats from extremist groups.

* The film Lidice has been selected to compete in the European Film
Awards.

* Lukas Krpalek has won the bronze medal at the World Judo
Championships in Paris.

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Israeli daily: Czech Republic to vote against Palestine membership in UN
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The Israeli daily Haaretz reports that the Czech Republic is one of
five Western states that plans to vote against the recognition of
Palestine as a member state of the UN in October's General Assembly.
Citing a source within the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the
paper's website writes that the United States, Germany, Italy and the
Netherlands have all promised to reject the proposal. Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to request membership on September
20 and Israeli expects more than two-thirds of the assembly to approve
it; however the request must then go to the Security Council, where it
is likely to be vetoed by the United States. The Czech Foreign Ministry
has declined to comment on the matter.


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Police chief warns that force may be short staffed next year
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Chief of Police Petr Lessy says he expects a large number of policemen
to quit the force by the end of the year, leaving it short staffed.
Lessy told Czech Television on Sunday that 1,500 to 2,000 officers are
likely to resign, leaving around 1,300 less employees than analyses
show as the minimum required. He is therefore asking the Ministry of
the Interior to increase the force's salary budget and plans to begin
recruiting again. According to Lessy, most of those expected to resign
are experienced officers with 15 years of experience or more who are
unhappy with this year's lowering of wage tariffs by 10%. He said that
more than 700 policemen had left the force in the first seven months of
the year.


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Northern Bohemia calm amid racial tension
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The Rumburk area of Northern Bohemia has been calm since Friday's
demonstrations, despite threats from extremist groups. Police say they
are maintaining a state of readiness though there have been no further
demonstrations. An open letter to Prime Minister Necas was sent on
behalf of the local Roma community warning that the radicalisation of
the public is limiting personal freedom and threatening their
well-being and property. The civic association Romea reports that one
family left Rumburk after their neighbours threatened to kill them.
Tensions between the Czech and Roma communities have been high in
recent weeks amid two, apparently racially-motivated attacks carried
out by Roma in the area. A demonstration of some 1,500 locals on Friday
ended in an unauthorised march through a Roma ghetto where some
property was destroyed.


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Lidice chosen to compete in European Film Awards
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The film Lidice has been selected to compete in the European Film
Awards. A total of 40 motion pictures were selected for the 24th annual
competition this December. The period film directed by Petr Nikolaev
was viewed by 400,000 viewers in Czech cinemas and was produced for
70,000 crowns. It tells the story of the annihilation of the village
and inhabitants of Lidice by the Nazis in retaliation for the
assassination of Nazi governor Reinhard Heydrich. 340 civilians were
then murdered, either by execution or in camps.


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Tourists stranded in Turkey by bankrupt travel agency return home
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Scores of Czech tourists have returned home after being stranded in
Turkey after the Vivamonde tourist agency went bankrupt on Friday.
According to the insurance company Generali, 131 Czech tourists were
brought back on a special flight, both clients of Vivamonde and others
who were unable to return home on Friday due to the closure. Another
172 Vivamonde customers are currently in Turkey where the insurance
company has provided them with accommodation and will soon announce the
date of their return.


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Krpalek wins bronze at World Judo Championships
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Judo wrestler Lukas Krpalek has won the bronze medal at the world
championships in Paris. Krpalek defeated Belgian Elco van der Geest in
the men's 100 kg, thereby winning a place on the world top 10 list. The
medal marks the biggest success for a Czech judoka since 1999, when
Michaela Vernerova also took third place in the women's competition.
The last victory for a Czech in the men's competition was exactly 20
years ago when Jiri Sosna won the bronze for Czechoslovakia.


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World Championships in Athletics: Sebrle 13th, Ptacnikova in the finals
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Decathlete Roman Sebrle finished thirteenth place in the World
Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, with 8069 points. The
38-year-old Olympic gold medallist had been hoping for at least 8200
points in order to participate in the 2012 London games, after which he
intended to retire. American Trey Hardee retained his title in the
event with 8607 points. Elsewhere, pole-vaulter Jirina Ptacnikova
advanced to the final round with a successful 455 cm jump on the first
attempt.


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Weather
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Conditions over the coming days are expected be partly cloudy with
daytime temperatures in the low 20s Celsius.

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